Hazardous Materials

Hazard Communication

The purpose of hazard communication is to inform employees of the hazards associated with chemicals in their workplace, and ensure the safe use, handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals. To that end, IU has developed a hazard communication program and training to comply with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

Departments must keep an inventory of chemicals they currently have in stock, and a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must be maintained in the workplace for any chemical on that list. The SDS was designed to convey important safety hazard information and measures to protect persons who may come in contact with a product, including employees, fire fighters and other emergency personnel. Current, revised, and an obsolete SDS must be kept on file at the University for 30 years.

All employees who handle chemical products in the work place must be trained on labeling requirements and how to read and use a SDS. This training is required upon entering the university, and as an annual refresher.